The Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba (CNCM) is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to improve the nutritional health and well-being of Manitoba school children through education, funding and promotion of Best Practices.
The Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba, formerly the Manitoba Council on Child Nutrition was established in 2001. The work of the Council complements the goals of the Manitoba Government's Healthy Schools initiative "to create school environments that enhance the healthy development of children and their families by working in partnership with community resources and service providers." Over the past eight years, CNCM has raised awareness about nutrition issues and the need for food and nutrition policies in schools and helped guide decision-makers in developing those policies. Our presentations to nutritionists and dietitians, trustees, schools staff and parents in Manitoba have helped shape school and community nutrition policies.
What Is The Child Nutrition Council Of Manitoba?
The Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to improve the nutritional health and well being of Manitoba school children through education, funding and promotion of best practices.
What Do You Do?
We provide funding to schools for nourishment programs and we offer nutrition education in the form of workshops and literature.
Why Are Nourishment Programs So Important?
Studies have shown that children who are well nourished have improved memory, problem-solving skills and creative abilities, yet 31% of elementary students and 62% of secondary school students don't eat breakfast daily. In addition, 59% of Canadian children consume less than the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Manitoba schools and communities need our help to ensure our youth are being given the best chance for success.
Who Benefits From These Programs?
Children from all over Manitoba benefit from our nourishment programs.
How Many Schools Are Involved?
More than one hundred and seventy schools accessed funding in the 2011/2012 school year.
How Does A School Participate?
School administrators can apply for funding each spring. Application forms and Guidelines can be requested from the council:
Viola Prowse, Provincial Coordinator
Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba
721 South Drive
Winnipeg MB R3T 0C2
Tel: 204- 453-6060
Fax: 204: 477-9906
Who Are Your Funding Sources?
Our funding comes from The Province of Manitoba, The Winnipeg Foundation through the Moffat Family Fund, the Public Health Agency of Canada and individual donors.
Why Don't Kids Just Eat At Home?
Children and young people arrive at school without the nutrition resources they need for an active school day for many reasons. Unfortunately they can't always access adequate nutrition at home. Sometimes they have very long bus rides and are scrambling early to be ready. Parents are often working shift hours and are not able to be with their children in the morning. To give our Manitoba school children the best chance at success, we as a community need to step in and support them.
Are These Programs Only For Underpriveleged Kids?
No, these programs are for any child who requires healthy food to make the best of her/his time at school.
The 2006 School Nutrition Survey indicated that fruit and vegetables were not on the list of the top ten foods sold in schools, and fruit was only offered in 15% of the school canteens. Vegetables were not mentioned at all. In view of this situation, the Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba began managing a Vegetable and Fruit Pilot in the fall of 2008, as a complement to the Manitoba school nutrition initiative. The pilot was implemented in thirteen schools during the 2008-2009 and the 2009-2010 school years. In 2010 CNCM received continued funding making it possible to implement the project in new sites. The majority of the original thirteen pilot schools have secured funding to continue offering vegetables and fruits to students at school. Follow up interviews are planned to document their experiences.
For the 2010-2011 phase of the pilot an expression of interest was sent to all Manitoba schools in the spring of 2010. Close to 100 schools/community places responded indicating interest in being part of the pilot. The 2010-2011 phase of the pilot began implementation in the fall of the 2010 and evaluation data was collected ending March 31st, 2011. Just over 1400 students participated in sites located throughout the province.
Now in its 4th year of funding through a bilateral agreement between the Province of Manitoba and the Public Health Agency of Canada, the project has entered Phase C. After three years of introducing the program in schools, we are focusing on the after school time period. Children and youth in 45 after schools programs in locations around the province are participating in vegetable and fruit snacks three times per week. An evaluation will be available upon conclusion of Phase C.
Funding has been provided by the Province of Manitoba and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Visit the Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba website at www.childnutritioncouncil.com
Strathcona Community School
Strathcona Community School is an inner-city school in the North End of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Patrol Lunch and Home Meal Project has been running since December 2006, and predominantly targets the patrols of the school. The patrols make up a group of about 21 students responsible for helping fellow students across busy traffic intersections, and ensuring their safety. They also help other students in the school during the lunch hour.